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Poster: Phil_ Date: Nov 9, 2011 8:01am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Move if PD

http://www.archive.org/details/SidewalksOfLondon

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Nov 10, 2011 5:09am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Move if PD

It was GATT'ed

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0001011742 / 2000-08-11
Title: St. Martin’s Lane / Raymond Rohauer presents a Pommer Laughton production ; directed by Tim Whelan.
Description: Videocassette ; 1/2 in.
Copyright Claimant: Douris UK, Ltd.
Date of Publication: 1938
Authorship on Application: Mayflower Pictures Corporation.
Copyright Note: Reg. under GATT/URAA restoration

Names: Rohauer, Raymond
Laughton, Pommer
Whelan, Tim
Douris UK, Ltd.
Mayflower Pictures Corporation

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Nov 9, 2011 9:35am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Move if PD

Probably isn't PD. If the copyright holders died before 1946 it would be likely PD, since it would be PD in the UK before GATT. (There are other considerations that could affect its copyright.) The copyright holders would be the movie's director, producer, cinematographer, music composer and screenwriter. The director of Sidewalks of London was Tim Whelan, who died August 12, 1957. The screenwriters were Charles Laughton (died: December 15, 1962) and 4 other men. I couldn't find a GATT notice for the movie at USCO to prove it's under copyright. Video-Cellar knows more about these cases.

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Poster: HektorT Date: Nov 9, 2011 6:53pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Move if PD

If the rights holders are American (like Timothy Whelan) then GATT doesn't apply to them, even if the film was initially published in the UK. So in this case you would have to look at the screenwriter, composer, etc.

Even then it's not clear to me that an American production can qualify for GATT if all other requirements are filled, since the rights holders under foreign law would most likely have signed an American work for hire contract, which would deprive them of any copyright. Foreign law might not uphold that, but US law would. A total can of worms!

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Nov 9, 2011 9:26pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Move if PD

Sidewalks of London (1938) was made in London by Mayflower Pictures Corporation, a company formed by Charles Laughton, a UK citizen until 1950, and Eric Pommer, an expat who became a US citizen in 1944.

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Poster: Phil_ Date: Nov 10, 2011 6:43pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Move if PD

Too bad. Can you please remove the film?

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Nov 10, 2011 6:48pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Move if PD

I can't. Posting a separate "Please remove" request should get the mods to pull it.

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